Mike Fischer

Founder, Research Machines

Role: Associate

Site: CDL-Oxford

Stream: Climate

Mike Fischer CBE is the co-founder of the computer company RM plc.

Fischer graduated with a physics degree from Oxford University. In 1973, with Mike O’Regan (who had an economics degree from Cambridge), Fischer co-founded Research Machines, a British microcomputer and then software company for the educational market. He was CEO for 24 years and became a non-executive director and lifetime president in 1997. He stood down as a non-executive director in 2004, but retains his position as lifetime president of the company.


Fischer is a founder of the Fischer Family Trust which runs projects in health and education. In education, the key project of the Fischer Family Trust has been to change the way school performance is measured in England.

Fischer is also Director of SBL, a (Community Interest) Company dedicated to improving patient treatment options through high quality, collaborative and clinically focused research, and co-founder of Alamy Ltd, a stock photography agency. Fisher is also co-founder and Chair of Videoloft Ltd, a cloud video surveillance software platform.